SEMA ACTION NETWORK LEGISLATIVE ALERT
Tennessee Introduces Bills to Exempt
Certain Older Vehicles from Emissions Tests
Identical legislation (H.B. 688) has been introduced in the Tennessee House of Representatives (H.B. 688) and Senate (S.B. 1295) to exempt vehicles more than 25-years old from the state’s annual emissions inspection and maintenance program, where applicable. To qualify for the exemption, these vehicles must be registered as “antique motor vehicles.”
We Urge You to Contact Members of the Tennessee House Conservation and Environment Committee and the Senate Transportation Committee (Lists Attached Below) Immediately to Request Their Support for H.B. 688 and S.B. 1295
Existing law only exempts vehicles manufactured before the 1975 model year from emissions inspection. Currently, annual emissions inspections must be passed prior to registration and renewal in the counties of Hamilton, Davidson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson and Wilson and in the city of Memphis.
· Existing law defines an antique vehicles as a motor vehicle over 25-years old with a non-modified engine and body that is used for club activities, exhibits, tours, parades, and similar uses as a collector’s item; on the highways for the purpose of selling, testing the operation of, or obtaining repairs or maintenance; and for general transportation on Saturday and Sunday.
H.B. 688 and S.B. 1295 provide for a rolling emissions inspection exemption that would exempt qualifying vehicles upon enactment and would pick up an additional model year for each year the law is in effect.
H.B. 688 and S.B. 1295 acknowledge the relatively minimal environmental impact of older vehicles, such as the antique cars targeted for this exemption.
H.B. 688 and S.B. 1295 recognize that such vehicles constitute a small portion of the vehicle fleet and are well-maintained and infrequently operated.
DON’T DELAY! Please contact members of the Tennessee House Conservation and Environment Committee and the Senate Transportation Committee immediately by phone or e-mail to request their support for H.B. 688 and S.B. 1295.
Please e-mail a copy of your letter to Steve McDonald at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, please forward this Alert to your fellow car enthusiasts. Urge them to join the SAN and help defend the hobby! Thank you for your assistance.
House Committee on Conservation and Environment
Representative David Hawk – Chair
Representative Ron Lollar – Vice-Chair
Representative Richard Floyd – Secretary
Representative Sheila Butt
Representative Charles Curtis
Representative Brenda Gilmore
Representative Andy Holt
Representative Mike Kernell
Representative Pat Marsh
Representative Michael McDonald
Representative Frank Niceley
Representative Art Swann
Representative John Tidwell
Senate Committee on Transportation
Senator Jim Tracy – Chair
Senator Steve Southerland – Vice-Chair
Senator Ken Yager – Secretary
Senator Tim Barnes
Senator Mae Beavers
Senator Andy Berke
Senator Dolores Gresham
Senator Douglas Henry
Senator Bill Ketron